Following society’s dynamism on the standard of beauty, many people have had negative perceptions about their bodies because of the need to meet society’s impossible standards. This has caused an increasing number of people to deal with body dysmorphia.
The need to correct certain aspects of the body and to keep aging at bay has led people to consider aesthetic changes. While these changes are practical, it is wise to consider the health challenges if any, and explore procedures that will not pose health risks to you. The following are medical advice for such individuals considering aesthetical changes.
1. Consider the Physician’s Experience
Every intervention must be performed by a physician who has had prior experience in the field and is knowledgeable. When looking to conduct aesthetical changes whether surgical or otherwise, it is advised to retain people with skills and a truckload of knowledge in this field. The world of medical aesthetics, which is different from plastic surgery, is cutting edge and this means some people would pick up needles and attempt treatments or start practicing without training or licenses. Whichever physician you choose must possess the necessary licenses from the appropriate regulatory authorities. This will ensure accountability, which in turn ensures good work. Do not retain anyone whose license has expired or who does not possess one. Apart from boosting your confidence in them, making the right choice will ensure your dignity and integrity aren’t compromised. It will also afford you peace of mind, a safe procedure, and the certainty of healing comfortably.
2. Ensure you get Thorough Examinations
Before any intervention or procedure, there is always a need for a thorough examination of the patient. Retaining a good physician means that every circumstance that poses a threat to your health will be avoided. Also, no procedure will be advised at the expense of your health, both physical and psychological. Usually, an increased risk for the patient also means the same for the physician because his license and reputation are at stake. Be sure to look for the most appropriate procedure with your health in mind.
3. Tread Lightly with Minors
For minors who are still growing, aesthetic changes are greatly discouraged. This is because of the risk involved and the risk of needing further treatments at a later date due to their fast growth. For example, procedures like facial plastic surgery in New York can only be performed on minors if the aim is to avert negative and undue attention from people rather than to solicit positive ones. When it is evident that there is a need to proceed with such procedures, several factors must be considered.
4. Give Your Consent
When willing to proceed with an aesthetical treatment, there is a need to make informed decisions. Usually, the physician will give you thorough information about the procedure you are about to embark on. This will include the methods used, possible side effects of such procedure, the healing rate, and let you know if the procedure can be reversed. All these are required to help you make the right decision. Where your answer is in the affirmative, you will be required to sign a consent form. For minors, parents or legal guardians are required to do the same.
5. Get all Necessary Information
Every aesthetic procedure should be done in hygienic places and such procedures must be documented by the physician. The documentation should include the method used, the medications prescribed as a follow-up, if any, and should include medications for allergic reactions where it is likely. Aesthetical changes are not necessarily surgical, and this means the recovery process is much easier. They are medically induced changes to the purely cosmetic body.
They, however, alter the body, and some of them may be irreversible. There are a lot of conditions that could be fixed using aesthetics. They range from baldness which would involve hair transplant, to weight loss and healthy eating involving a dietician and subsequent elimination of loose skin. Medical aesthetics can be divided into different sections according to the methods of treatment, and as a whole, it is cutting edge and a more feasible choice.
Studies have shown that persons suffering from body dysmorphia (negative body image) typically fixate on a body part they consider flawed and move for that body part to be fixed. However, when this has been fixed, such people typically move on from that body part to fixate on another. This suggests that there are underlying problems that need to be addressed and not necessarily the body part in question. This would also pose the need to develop a positive body image and dwell on the notion that the standard of beauty is broad and includes all colors, shapes, and sizes.